Hookcheek Dwarfgoby (species: Eviota ancora) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Eviota ancora
Hookcheek Dwarfgoby

©Anne Hoggett: Eviota ancora at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Eviota ancora at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Eviota
Species Eviota ancora



Distinguishing features

A distinctive orange hook-shaped marking behind eye and a series of small, spaced orange spots on nape and dorsal midline.

Thanks to Doug Hoese for confirming id of Pidgin Point photo through Amanda Hay via iNaturalist.


  • Up to 2.5 cm (Estimated length of photographed specimen)

Depth range

  • From 3 m to 20 m


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References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.
  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Depczynski, M. (2006). Small cryptic fishes on coral reefs: a new perspective on reef fish ecology and life histories, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1070.
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